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Monday, 15 March 1971

Senator WEBSTER (VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister, representing the Minister for Primary Industry;., fs it a fact that the Government is to proceed with a stabilisation scheme for the apple and pear industry in Australia? Can the Minister inform the Senate as tq the background of negotiations with the t industry which prompted the Government's move? Will the implementation of this scheme be expected to be of benefit to growers, of apples and pears? What effect will the. proposals have on growers of pears in the Goulburn Valley area of Victoria who at this time are faced with extreme financial hardship because large volumes of fruit have bee,n left to rot due to the inability of processors to reserve slocks for manufacture? ..

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